Neighbors become friends at Millbrook Pointe

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Barbara and Janet share common interests and have become friends in their new Wheeling neighborhood at Millbrook Pointe. | SUPPLIED PHOTO


When empty-nesters Janet Chankin and Barbara Saltzman purchased their townhomes at Millbrook Pointe in Wheeling, they had no idea that they would become friends.

Introduced through mutual acquaintances, the two single women quickly realized they shared many common interests. Both are substitute teachers in Northbrook, and both enjoy exercise, taking walks, and dining in neighborhood restaurants.

They also share the same reasons for choosing their new home. Most important was that their Wheeling location is minutes from their old Northbrook stomping grounds, said Barbara. They can still visit old friends, frequent workout locales, play tennis at the Northbrook Racquet Club, shop at familiar grocery stores and enjoy the same tried and true restaurants.

Both agree that their Wheeling location provides convenient access to all transportation corridors like I-294, I-90, and Route 53, and the Metra station is close by. Millbrook Pointe is next to Restaurant Row and easily accessible to bike trails near the Westin Hotel.

As single professional women, feeling safe was a major factor in their decision.

“Millbrook Pointe is well lit at night with lots of lampposts illuminating the community,” said Janet. “Combine that with a tranquil atmosphere and friendly neighbors, and it’s a perfect place to call home.”

Living in a maintenance-free community is an added bonus according to Barbara.

“For a reasonable assessment, our landscaping, snow removal, garbage pick up and exterior painting are all taken care of.”

New construction was important to Janet because Northfield Group offers a one-year warranty on everything in the house.

“We don’t have to live with other people’s tastes and were able to personalize our homes,” said Janet.

Their 2,200-square-foot, three-bedroom, 2½-bath homes are large enough to accommodate an adult son, and children have a great guest room during their college vacations. Both owners finished their basements to provide additional space for entertaining, added storage and to increase resale value.

Janet celebrates holidays with her family and praised her floor plan because the kitchen, dining room and living room all flow together making it perfect for entertaining small groups or large crowds. Adjacent to the living room and kitchen is an outdoor deck great for barbecues.

The Millbrook Pointe staff scores kudos from the two friends.

“I feel like I’m part of the family because owner Gary Levitas and project manager Greg Babinski are so warm and friendly and very helpful,” said Janet.

Gary is easy to work with and Greg helped them finish their basements, organize their closets and even hung their pictures. They were able to change out bathroom and lighting fixtures and all were installed free of charge

They also appreciate the standard features, including all brick and stone exteriors, Pella wood windows, solid six panel wood doors, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, real wood floors, 3¼-base moldings and casings around windows and doors, 9-foot ceilings, large back deck, finished basement and two-car garage.

Potential buyers are equally impressed by the innovative floor plans, accessible location, low-maintenance lifestyle and affordable pricing from $289,900. Most owners agree that spacious townhomes are crafted to feel like single-family homes. With up to 2,700 square feet of space, they have an abundance of windows that let the outdoors in. Kitchens are roomy and accommodate center islands, while master bedrooms are quite sizeable and are separated from the other bedrooms for added privacy.

To visit Millbrook Pointe, from Interstate 294 North, exit Lake Cook Road, go west to 516 Milwaukee Avenue on the right. The sales office is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call (847) 347-2300 or visit